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Agreement for collective 
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Preamble : 

This collective bargaining agreement is 
entered into with the purpose of providing 
a method for adjusting all questions relating 
to wages and working conditions of the 
weavers working on broad silk looms in the 
employ of Smith & Kaufmann, inc., in the 
broad silk mills located in Paterson, New 
Jersey. Both parties to the agreement be- 
lieve that all such matters are of mutual in- 
terest and concern, and that they should be 
settled through co-operation and collective 
bargaining. By providing machinery for 
collective bargaining, they believe that they 
w^ill derive joint benefit and promote the 
common welfare through adopting construc- 
tive methods and establishing a basis for 
mutual understanding and confidence. This 
will involve as an indispensable prerequisite 
the suppression of the militant spirit by both 
parties and the development of reason in- 
stead of force as the rule of action. It will 
require also mutual consideration and con- 
cession and a willingness on the part of each 
party to regard and serve the interests of the 
other for the common good. With this atti- 
tude it is believed that no differences can 
arise which such machinery can not mediate 
and adjust in the interest of co-operation 
and harmony. 

Public interest requires increasing produc- 
tion as a prime factor in reducing commodity 
prices. Wages, hours, and working condi- 
tions should be regulated by this require- 
ment. Weavers should not intentionally re- 
strict individual output to create am artificial 
scarcity of labor as a means of increasing 
wages or of equalizing the productivity and 

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wages of weavers having different degrees 
of skill and ability; the employer should not 
intentionally restrict production to create an 
artificial scarcity of the product in order to 
increase prices, nor should the employer in- 
voke methods that prove hurtful to the 
health, future productivity or welfare of the 
weavers. Any action by a weaver directed 
against the prestige or welfare of the em- 
ployer and any action by the employer di- 
rected toward undermining the organization 
of the weavers shall be a distinct violation of 
this agreement. 

Sec 1. Parties to the Agreement: 

This agreement is entered into between 
the management of Smith & Kaufmann, Inc. 
and the S. & K. Weavers* Association. This 
Association is composed of all weavers em- 
ployed for two weeks or longer in the broad 
silk mills of Smith & Kaufmann* Inc. located 
in Paterson, New Jersey. No weaver shall 
be admitted to this Association until he has 
been employed for at least two weeks by 
Smith & Kaufmann, Inc. When a weaver 
leaves the employ of this company, for 
whatsoever reason, he ceases thereby to be 
a member of the S. & K. Weavers' Associa- 
tion. 

This agreement shall be considered rati- 
fied and in existence only upon the execution 
of same in the following manner: Smith & 
Kaufmann, Inc. through a duly authorized 
oiSicer of the corporation, must sign this 
agreement; on the part of the weavers, three 
authorized representatives of the S. & K. 
Weavers' Association shall sign this agree- 
ment upon an authority received from a 

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three-fourths vote of the members of the 
Association, which vote shall be by secret 
ballot and a certified copy of such vote shall 
be submitted to the management of Smith & 
Kaufmann, Inc. 

Sec. 2. Joint Council: 

As the principal means of carrying out 
the purpose of this collective bargaining 
agreement there shall be organized a Joint 
Council composed of an equal number of 
representatives of both parties. This Coun- 
cil shall be composed in the following man- 
ner: Three representatives of Smith & 
Kaufmann, Inc., shall be appointed by the 
management and three representatives shall 
be elected by the Association of which rep- 
resentatives at least one shall be employed 
in each mill. The representatives of the 
Association must be able to speak English 
and must have been in the employ of the 
company for a period of not less than six 
months. In addition to these representa- 
tives each party to the agreement shall desig- 
nate an alternate, with the same qualifications 
as the regular representatives who shall, in 
the absence of one of the members, become 
a voting member of the Council. Full mem- 
bership of the Council shall constitute a 
quorum. All matters shall be decided by 
majority vote of the Council. The repre- 
sentatives of each party shall designate a 
chairman and the two chairmen so designa- 
ted shall preside at alternate meetings. 
Meetings shall be held upon the written re- 
quest of any two members to the chairman 
of the Council. Such written request shall 
state the reason for the meeting. 



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This Council shall have the power to con- 
sider, discuss and decide upon all matters 
and differences relating to wages and work- 
ing conditions. The S. & K. Weavers' Asso- 
ciation shall appoint a shop committee of 
three members for each shop. Any com- 
plaints, grievemces or disputes arising in the 
shop which can not be adjusted in the shop 
by the management and the shop committee 
may be referred to the Joint Council. Its 
decisions are binding upon both parties to 
the agreement. The Joint Council shall be 
responsible for the carrying out of all de- 
cisions and shall have disciplinary powers 
over the members of both parties. 

In deciding any matter, the Joint Council, 
and, in case of arbitration, the arbitrator 
must give due consideration to any and all 
shop practices existing at time of the adop- 
tion of this agreement. This agreement shall 
in no way affect present shop practices and 
conditions of employment of the weavers, 
except through the action of the Joint Coun- 
cil; but no such existing shop practices or 
customs shall be considered binding upon the 
Joint Council. 

Sec. 3. Arbitration: 

In the event that the vote on any matter 
in the Joint Council results in a tie and no 
agreement can be reached, the Joint Council 
shall select an impartial arbitrator, mutually 
satisfactory to both parties to this agreement, 
to whom the matter shall be referred. His 
decisions shall be binding upon both parties. 

Sec. 4. Expenses: 

All expenses in connection with the opera- 
tion of this collective bargaining machinery 

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herein established shall be shared equally 
between the two parties to the agreement. 
Sec. 5. Strikes and Lockouts: 

It is agreed that there shall be no lockout 
on the part of the employer or strike or stop- 
page on the part of the weavers for any 
reason whatsoever during the existence of 
this agreement. 

Sec. 6. Hiring and Discharging: 

The full power of hiring and discharge 
rests in the management, but any weaver 
feeling aggrieved by his discharge may bring 
the matter before the Joint Council pro- 
viding he has been employed more than two 
weeks. If a weaver is found to have been 
discharged for insufficient reason, the Joint 
Council shall have the power, in the case of 
an immediate appeal by a weaver, to allow 
and determine the amount of pay neces- 
sarily lost by the weaver in the diligent pro- 
secution of such appeal. Whenever addi- 
tional weavers are required, the management 
shall notify the Association which shall be 
given 24 hours in which to make recommen- 
dations of suitable weavers. But such re- 
commendations shall not affect the full power 
of hiring, which rests in the management. 



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In witness whereof, the parties have signed 
and executed this agreement as provided 
under Section 1 hereof, this third day of 
August, 1921. 

For the Management 

Smith & Kaufmsuin, Inc. 

Fritz Kaufmann, Vice Pres. 

For the Association 

James Young 
Peter MacMillen 
George Bates 

Witnessed as to all the signatures by Gladys 
Boone. 

CERTIFICATE OF VOTE 

Paterson, N. J., Aug. 3, 1921. 

To Whom It May Concern: 

It is hereby stated, that in a mass meet- 
ing of the S. & K. Weavers Association held 
on July 22, 1921, a secret vote was taken 
on the Collective Bargaining agreement, to 
the eflFect, that the agreement has been 
favorably accepted with a vote of 47 for 
and none against it and one blank vote. 

Respectfully, 

George Bates, 

Chairman of the Meeting 
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